Jump-start Health Professions Week by watching HealthTalks, a playlist of short videos from practitioners in a variety of professions. Learn about the professions, hear tips about choosing a career, and discover ways to start your journey today.
Average Time: 20 minutes
Teacher Challenge: As the videos will be available on-demand, watch these with your class, child, or student community. Encourage students to consider one take-away from each video.
Understanding the Habits of Happy People – Finding Your Own Personal Happiness
There is an increasing body of scientific evidence supporting gratitude, resilience, and positivity on long-term outcomes of illness and quality of life. Burnout and stress are on everyone’s mind now across all the health fields. Additionally, conditions like pain, anxiety, and depression can all benefit from a holistic, mind-body approach. One practice that can have a resounding impact on mental health, stress prevention and overall well-being is the art of mindfulness. Join Dr. JoAnn Yanez to learn how to take time for self-care with a few short mindfulness exercises that will help you embrace the present and live your best life.
JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, CAE is the Executive Director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges and the chair of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. She also serves on the Integrative Health Policy Consortium Education Committee. Weaving a passion for illness prevention into her professional life, Dr. Yanez’s career has spanned advocacy, academia, patient care and public health. As AANMC Executive Director, Dr. Yanez oversees research, advocacy efforts, and the joint academic endeavors of the accredited colleges of naturopathic medicine. Additionally, she helps spread awareness of naturopathic medicine as a viable and satisfying career path.
Navigating Healthcare in a Digital World
As the role of social media in healthcare continues to evolve, Dr. Taubman will discuss how healthcare providers are in a unique position when it comes to their social presence. He will look at the positive impact, as well as the challenges of communicating with patients electronically.
Ross E. Taubman, D.P.M. is the President and Chief Medical Officer of the Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA), the nation’s leading malpractice insurance company for podiatrists. Prior to joining PICA in 2011, Dr. Taubman was in private practice for 26 years in Maryland. He is a former President of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association and served as President of the American Podiatric Medical Association in 2008-2009. Dr. Taubman earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 1979. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1983 before completing his residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Vallejo, California in 1985. Dr. Taubman is board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (formerly ABPS) and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS).
Physicians as Advocates and Policymakers
As a primary care physician, Dr. Kameron Matthews recognizes the need for coordinated advocacy for the patients she serves and that health and well-being are impacted by more than the decisions that are made in the exam room. She will speak to the role that health care professionals can take within the larger health policy discourse and how current students should best prepare for a career serving others.
Kameron Matthews MD, JD, FAAFP is a board certified family physician and serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC. Overseeing a national budget of more than $14 billion, she is responsible for the community-based provider network and services that increases access to care for veterans nationwide. Dr. Matthews earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and her law degree at the University of Chicago. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Matthews has focused her career on underserved patient populations, having worked as a staff physician at Cook County Jail and with Erie Family Health Center, a large community health center also in Chicago. She most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of Mile Square Health Center within the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. She has received multiple honors including being named a 2017 National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health and the 2018-2020 National Academy of Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine James C. Puffer Fellow. As a passion outside of work, she is a National President Emeritus of SNMA and she co-directs the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, an initiative seeking to bring premedical enrichment activities to minority high school and undergraduate students across the country.
Making Health Care Human Again – Creating Empathy through Technology
The next great innovation in health care won’t be technology; it will be empathy. The health care system is complicated, frustrating, and in need of serious change. Technology, including artificial intelligence and data science, is making life easier, helping people make better health care decisions and helping doctors better understand their patients’ needs.
Laurent leads Cambia’s development of next-generation technology products and solutions to create a more person-focused approach to health care. Laurent is a tireless advocate for the health consumer. Whether delivering business transformation or building great products, investing in people and great teams is core to his focus. He is passionate about engineering and technology, and is laser focused on execution with uncompromising integrity. Prior to Cambia, Laurent has been on a multi-industry global journey focused on innovation and delivering results. He developed breakthrough advanced materials for high performance European automotive applications; held transformational global software and technology leadership roles across oil and gas, broadcasting and energy industries; and has more than a decade of P&L leadership roles in health IT products, diagnostic imaging, solution and market development in the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. At Cambia, this expertise in innovation and transformational technology are helping create person-focused health care business models, products and solutions. Laurent is a Franco-American national, born in the Congo, French educated in West Africa, France and Switzerland, and earned two engineering degrees in materials science from Brown University. He speaks four languages, has lived on four continents, traveled six, and currently resides in Seattle. Laurent is married to Amy and is the proud father of four children and two dogs. He is an avid traveler, runner, cyclist, Nordic and alpine skier.
Endless Opportunities for Reinvention in Speech Language Pathology
Dr. Sharon Glennen is a speech language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience. She is currently a professor at Towson University and leads the College of Health Professions community outreach programs at the Institute for Well Being. She previously was Director of Speech Language Pathology at Kennedy Krieger Institute, a large children’s hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Glennen’s research investigates language learning in internationally adopted children. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on the topic and presented nationally and internationally. Her professional path was never a straight line. Changes in jobs and specializations has kept her career challenging and fresh over the years.
How I Combined Several Passions into One Exciting Career as a Nurse Scientist
Being a nurse scientist is truly a dream job for me and many others, but it is one that I had never even heard of until I stumbled into it. In this talk, I will describe what being a nurse scientist is really like and describe the meandering journey I took to combining all my passions into my chosen career.
Dr. Nico Osier is holds dual baccalaureate degrees from Michigan State University (Nutritional Science; Nursing), earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (Nursing), and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (Nursing) prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Nursing and Dell Medical School. Dr. Osier’s laboratory evaluates gene and protein biomarkers that predict recovery from neurological injury.
Growth Mindset and Self-Empowerment in Pre-Health Test Prep
Jeff Koetje, MD, Director
Chris Ryan and Dr. Jeff Koetje of Kaplan Test Prep discuss how to incorporate Growth Mindset, a way of thinking about yourself as a learner, into your preparation for a career in the health professions. Specifically, they discuss how incorporating a growth mindset into your preparation for tests like the MCAT, DAT, OAT, and the GRE, can contribute to stronger performance on these exams.
Chris Ryan is Kaplan Test Prep’s Executive Director for Product Strategy and is a 16 year veteran of the organization. Formerly, Chris helped build Manhattan Prep into the largest GMAT test prep provider, and is a Teach For America and McKinsey alum. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Harvard and an MBA from Duke.
Jeffrey Koetje, M.D. is a Director of Institutional Partnerships at Kaplan Test Prep and a 14 year veteran of the organization, having previously taught pre-health test prep courses and led the pre-health content teams. He is the former Director of Education at the American Medical Student Association, and currently serves as a board member of the AMSA Foundation. Dr. Koetje holds a B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins and earned his M.D. from Northwestern.